Recent Press Releases & Meeting Summaries
Today's Press Conferences
OCHA Press Conference
7 March 2014 13:15 - 14:00
Humanitarian situation in the Philippines and Central African Republic
Ms. Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Upcoming Press Conferences
UN Press Conference
10 March 2014 12:30 - 13:15
Achievements and challenges of the mandate of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide: interactive dialogue with the Human Rights Council
Mr. Adama Dieng, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide
WFP Press Conference
10 March 2014 14:30 - 15:15
Humanitarian situation in Syria and WFP’s response.
Amir Abdulla, WFP Deputy Executive Director
OHCHR Press Conference (Special Rapporteur on the right to food)
10 March 2014 16:00 - 16:45
Report to the Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food.
In his final report, after a six-year term, the Special Rapporteur says the world’s food systems must be reformed if they are to contribute to realizing the right to adequate food for all. The report calls for alternative, democratically-mandated visions of food systems to be urgently accommodated at the local, national and international levels.
Mr. Olivier De Schutter (Belgium), Special Rapporteur on the right to food.
OHCHR Press Conference (Special Rapporteur on Torture)
11 March 2014 11:30 - 12:15
"Any use of torture-tainted information, even if the torture has been committed by agents of another State, is an act of acquiescence in torture that compromises the user State’s responsibility and leads to individual and State complicity in acts of torture.”
The Special Rapporteur on torture will talk about his annual report to the Human Rights Council on the use of torture-tainted information and the exclusionary rule in judicial proceedings and in relation to acts by executive actors. The expert will also refer to his report on his 2013 mission to Ghana.
Mr. Juan Méndez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
OHCHR Press Conference (Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief)
12 March 2014 11:00 - 11:45
Report on collective religious hatred by the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief to the Human Rights Council.
The report focuses on the need to tackle manifestations of collective religious hatred. It examines root-causes and aggravating political factors as a pre-condition to developing effective prevention and coping strategies. The report stresses that sentiments of collective religious hatred are often caused by a combination of fear and contempt which can trigger a vicious cycle of mistrust, narrow-mindedness and collective hysteria. It also identifies aggravating political factors, such as endemic corruption, an authoritarian political atmosphere, and the harnessing of religion for the purposes of national identity politics. In response, the report stresses the need to adopt trust building activities, including establishing trustworthy public institutions and promoting meaningful communication, in particular between different religious or belief communities.
Mr. Heiner Bielfeldt (Germany), Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.
OHCHR Press Conference (Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism)
12 March 2014 14:30 - 15:15
The Special Rapporteur will talk about his annual report to the Human Rights Council on the use of remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, in extraterritorial lethal counter-terrorism operations, and allegations that increased use of drones has caused disproportionate civilian casualties. The expert will also refer to his reports on his 2013 missions to Burkina Faso and Chile
Mr. Ben EMMERSON, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism